The outgoing Minister for Health Simon Harris, who successfully steered abortion law reform through the Irish parliament, has released the 2019 abortion statistics. Of note is that compared to the previous five years, the reported number of legal abortions had risen greatly. The numbers were 26 in 2014, 26 in 2015, 25 in 2016, 15 in 2017, 32 in 2018, and 6,666 in 2019 (Department of Health Annual Notifications). These included 6,542 abortions for pregnancy … Continued
Since January 2019, abortion care has been available in Ireland on a woman’s request up to 12 weeks of pregnancy. Most women were provided with medical abortion, using mifepristone and misoprostol. The model of care required two face-to-face visits to a doctor, three days apart. The mifepristone tablet was taken with the doctor present and the misoprostol at home 24 to 48 hours later. In April 2020, the Health & Safety Executive issued a revised … Continued
Ireland: first country to allow telemedicine for abortion due to Covid-19 pandemic
by Kathleen Broussard Social Science & Medicine 2020(January);245. Article 112686 (Not open access) Abstract The private use of abortion medication outside of the formal healthcare setting is an international phenomenon. Despite new and expanding pathways to abortion access, we know little about how women’s perceptions and experiences of abortion may also be changing. This study examines the embodied experience of 68 women who sought abortion services in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Social … Continued
Here are eight reports in brief from the Vatican, Uganda, Tanzania, Malaysia, Costa Rica, Argentina, Ireland and USA on abortion law and policy issues.